Prominent voice actor Troy Baker will not be reprising his role as Rhys in Gearbox Software’s upcoming title Borderlands 3, the man himself confirmed while answering a fan’s question at Supanova Melbourne.

“I’m sorry to break it to y’all, that isn’t me,” Baker said. “If Gearbox decides that they’ll let me do it, that’ll be awesome… I have no idea. There was a possibility that I was gonna be in it, then I saw that epic, epic trailer, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh my god, there’s Rhys!’ And I went, ‘Well, there we go.'”

Of course, Baker is referring to the fact that the trailer for Borderlands 3 confirmed that the character of Rhys will be making the jump to the mainline Borderlands series. Voiced by Baker, Rhys originally appeared as one of the two playable protagonists in the 2014-2015 episodic adventure game Tales from the Borderlands, which was developed and published by the now-defunct Telltale Games under license from Gearbox and 2K Games.

Rhys in the Borderlands 3 trailer.

“I’ve never done this before, but I would love for Gearbox to know that it’s not about me, it’s about the character,” Baker continued. “If they’re going to bring back characters from Telltale Borderlands, it should be the people that originated the characters.”

Baker explained that he didn’t want to get “political” by calling out Gearbox in such a public way. However, his disappointment regarding not being enlisted to reprise the role of Rhys in Borderlands 3 is evident. And, as he explains, it appears to be a decision that was made without him, despite his correspondence with Gearbox.

However, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford disagrees, claiming that it was in fact Baker who turned down the job.

“You’ll have to ask Troy,” Pitchford said on Twitter upon being asked why Baker won’t be coming back as Rhys. “I was told by the audio director that he turned it down. Fortunately, with how Rhys appears in the game, I don’t think it actually matters at all. You’ll see for yourself when the game comes out and you may disagree with me on that or not.”

On that note, however, Baker had previously said that, “If I had turned it down flatly, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

A full video of Baker’s comments at Supanova can be viewed on Reddit.

Developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, Borderlands 3 will be released on Sept. 13 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

via: Game Informer | GamesRadar+ | Gamepur | PCGamesN

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